Time To Choose What You Will Serve: Fear Or Faith?

Are These ‘The End Times’?

chooseAs a civilization, as nations, as citizens of this world, it seems we have come to one of those times in history when we have to choose.

Many will testify, every pun intended, that there is only one choice – God. They will try to convince you that these are the “end times!” Funny enough, there might very well be those who are not God-minded, “the liberals,” who have the same opinion. The massive influx of refugees across Europe mainly but elsewhere as well was one of the early signs. ‘Brexit’ another. Donald Trump’s election to the position of “the most powerful man” in the world is probably the most clear signal to “the liberals.”

As battle lines are drawing, it is time to choose – which god shall you serve?

Choose: Fear Or Faith

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When the idea of this post first came to me, it was going in a much different direction. My intention was not to discuss political issues but more those moments of panic in our daily lives. Times such as:

  • Money is not flowing as freely as you need them to and the bills are piling up.
  • Your marriage or relationship is on rocky grounds and you are not sure how to salvage what is left or if it is even worth it.
  • You hate your job and that knot in your stomach is getting tighter.

Do we fear that our ‘leaders’ will take us along a path of no return? Or, are you one who has faith that whatever comes, the collective “We” will overcome?

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Global Village And Collective Choice

chooseBeing a North American citizen, my point of reference is on that continent. However, unless you were living under a rock, you cannot be unaware that the turbulence is worldwide.

History shows how major political and economic development have affected just about every corner of Earth. While the degree of impact might differ from continent, country or even community, to use a hackneyed term, “we all are in this together.”

Technological advances have erased much of what divided us in many ways. One small example of that – one that is connected to this conversation – is my ‘attendance’ at a church service Wednesday night. Lying in my bed in Edmonton, Alberta, I sang and offered my “Amen” as Reverend Michael Beckwith, Minister, Founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City, California, preached.

It was during Reverend Beckwith’s sermon that I made my choice.

Spirit Of Fear or Fear?

Many times on this blog, I have made it clear that “Christian” is not the label that I would choose for myself (if forced). However, the teachings of Jesus The Christ form an important core of my spirituality. The Christian Bible is a great resource for me and, on this pivotal issue for all of us now, these passages come to me:

chooseFor God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

Whether in your personal affairs be that:

  • money challenges
  • work stress
  • challenges with your children and/or family members
  • relationship issues or in our collective sociopolitical issues
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it is only through ‘faith‘ that “we shall overcome.

With Knees Shaking – Choose Wisely

Watching the live-stream of that sermon Wednesday night, my choice was faith on all fronts. Recently, I posted to my Facebook page words that I heard watching a movie on Netflix. “The Innocents” is based on a true event in Poland that happened towards the end of World War II. A French Red Cross medical student came to the assistance of Benedictine Nuns who were raped and some impregnated by Soviet (Russian) soldiers. Taking many risks and herself escaping rape at the hands of some of these soldiers, the heroine of the story made her choice – faith.

Faith is 24-hours of doubt and one minute of hope.” Maria, “The Innocents”

That one minute of hope is all we need each day to choose faith – in humanity, that good sense will prevail, that kindness and kind people are still in our world.

What will you choose – fear or faith?

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Namaste

Claudette P. Esterine

 

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25 thoughts on “Time To Choose What You Will Serve: Fear Or Faith?

  1. I certainly have faith. And will always have faith. I know I was put on this earth for the exact thing I am striving for. Which makes me feel faithful. Now it’s all about patience! Ha.

  2. [ Smiles ] I would choose faith over fear anytime!

    Great post, Claudette!

  3. Rosey

    There really can be so many issues to deal with. My faith has really been a rock for me for the last year and a half.

  4. It’s hard to choose between faith and fear sometimes with all of the fear being pushed at us daily. It’s like they want us to fear the end time.
    I am working on faith daily, so that I can feel better in this weird world.
    That show looks great!

  5. I choose faith in human kindness and compassion. No one is born to fear. i still believe that even the darkest of the human hearts there is a little light of compassion. And if I focus on seeing only that goodness in another being, then I will only see that and I won’t fear them or hate them.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Love that Sumudu! You are very wise and we all would do well to adopt a similar approach. 🙂

  6. I choose faith. I have an anxiety for so long now and its faith that healed me.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thanks for sharing your choice Mark and Kate! Faith will heal us all I do believe. 🙂

  7. Maria Han

    This is an interesting post I love reading this and So glad you share this post with us

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are most welcome Maria! Please visit again. 🙂

  8. The gif of Will Farrell is absolutely hilarious. It explains me most days after work. Great blog post!

  9. It’s tough sometimes, but I hear ya. Times are changing, and all you really have are the choices you make.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are so right – our choices and the results of them is what we have. Thanks for that Fatima. 🙂

  10. I choose faith. The Innocents movie looks interesting, I’ll have to look for it when it comes to theatres in my area.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I think it is no longer in the theatres Debra. Check Netflix or online. 🙂

  11. If you have faith in Him, there is nothing to fear. But if you have fear, it only means that you don’t have any faith that everything will turn out right.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I don’t know that I agree with you completely Sarah-Louise but I take your point. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  12. Sometimes it’s challenging to believe that good sense will prevail. My kids and I sometimes have conversations about yes, there are kind people in the world and people doing good things. It seems like sometimes they lose sight of that.

  13. I also pick faith, but it is also okay to be afraid as long as you don’t let your fear(s) lead your life and have faith in yourself too.
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    1. Ms Claudette

      That’s the point Mira – not to let the fear cripple you. 🙂

  14. I pick faith. I do have faith in humanity. If I lived in fear, it wouldn’t be much of a life.
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  15. This is a choice that we all make daily, the choice between fear and faith. I liked the quote you chose though about 24 hours of doubt and one minute of hope. It’s amazing what that one minute can do in a person’s life though, simply by the faith evoked in that moment.

  16. What a vibrant article! I will have to watch the show on netflix for sure! Now I know what to do this weekend!

    1. Ms Claudette

      I am glad I could add to your entertainment list! 🙂 Let me know your thoughts, please. 🙂

  17. Fear – False Evidence Appearing Real

    Yet we allow so many fears to take toot in our minds, things that havent happened, but we imagine them into existence, we must “Take captive” our thoughts and keep our eyes on what matters, the good and the possible in this life. I always recommend that anyone who is fearful of end times etc etc should read the book by Napoleon Hill: “Outwitting the Devil”

    The earth regenerates every so many centuries, it is eternal. But every human has a finite time on this earth!

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